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Khao Lak: Rafting, Elephant Bathing & Sea Turtle Center Tour

1. Khao Lak: Rafting, Elephant Bathing & Sea Turtle Center Tour

Depart Khao Lak and enjoy a day tour of river rafting, elephant interaction, and rainforest exploration. Visit an ethical elephant conservation center, sail along a quiet river through the rainforest, and hear about sea turtle conservation. After pickup from your hotel in Khao Lak, relax on the comfortable ride to the elephant camp. Spend some time with bathing and feeding these gentle giants in a relaxed and respectful environment. Continue the tour with a visit to Sai Rung Waterfall. Enjoy some refreshments as you watch the water plunge 20 meters from a ledge into a lagoon encircled by jungle. Surrounded by lush vegetation, the area around the falls also hosts an abundance of local wildlife. Hop on a bamboo raft with a local boatman and float along the river for a calm and tranquil ride through the rainforest. Head to the Sea Turtle Conservation Center to learn about projects aimed helping these endangered creatures. Finally, return to your hotel in Khao Lak.

From Phuket: Elephant & Sea Turtle Conservation Private Tour

2. From Phuket: Elephant & Sea Turtle Conservation Private Tour

Start your adventure bright and early with complimentary pickup from your hotel in Phuket. Enjoy the sights of local life in the southern part of Thailand as you drive to your first stop. Wang Kiang Koo waterfall, where our local paddlers await us at the river bank. With their gigantic bamboo raft waiting for us to hop on, see our paddler in action maneuvering the raft along the stream of Kiang Koo waterfall. After the unforgettable experience with the bamboo rafting with a blast from the past, enjoy playing in crystal clear refreshing water. Next, visit the Sea Turtle Conservation Center for a close turtle encounter. Hear about their species and how they were rescued. Explore the conservation center and meet different sizes of turtles, species, and colors. Then, visit Wat Lak Kaen. One of the oldest and most significant temples in the area, hear the story of the Buddha's holy relic. From here, head to a local restaurant located at Wang Kiang Koo waterfall and savor a delicious southern Thai set lunch. Then, set off on your next adventure visiting an elephant sanctuary and meeting the friendly giants. Hear about their individual stories and how they were rescued. Interact with them by giving a meal for the elephants with the loving elephant carer (mahout), then bathe the elephants in a fun mud spa. Lastly, feed them from your own hands while taking some exciting new photos for your Instagram. After your adventurous day, hop back on the van transferring back to your hotel.

Khao Sok: Full-Day Bamboo Rafting and Elephant Bathing

3. Khao Sok: Full-Day Bamboo Rafting and Elephant Bathing

Discover the wild beauty of Khao Sok National Park on a full-day guided trip from Khao Sok. Feed and bathe elephants and take a bamboo raft downstream. Enjoy a Thai lunch, visit a market, and try local coffee. Following pickup from your hotel in Khao Lak, head to the Takuapa local market (only guests picked up from Khao Lak. Guests from other pick-up locations will not visit the local market) to browse and look at all the products. From there, continue to the elephant rescue camp. Feed these amazing animals some bananas and cool them off with a bath. Next, visit the monkey temple. Eat a Thai-style lunch at the local restaurant next to the river before bamboo rafting along the Khao Sok River. Relax as your guides gently steer the bamboo rafts downstream while you admire the dramatic limestone mountains and serene sounds of the jungle. Stop at the river bank for some trekking and relaxing in the front of a limestone cave after enjoying a coffee break. This coffee is made in a bamboo stick and served in bamboo cups, which you can take home with you. At the end of your tour, transfer back to your hotel in Khao Lak.

Phuket: Monkey Cave, Water Rafting, Zipline & ATV with lunch

4. Phuket: Monkey Cave, Water Rafting, Zipline & ATV with lunch

Experience local culture while also getting your thrills with this guided full-day Phuket adventure that includes a temple visit, a zip-lining adventure, and a white water rafting excursion. Start with a 2.5-hour drive to the Monkey Cave at Suwan Kuha Temple. See the 15-meter-long reclining Buddha.  Next, get ready to ride the rapids on a 5-kilometer-long white water rafting course. Then, head to the zip line site and zip along the treetops along 150-meter long lines. Take a break for lunch at the camp and recover from the exciting activities. End your wild Phuket trip with a 30-minute ATV ride, if the option is selected.

From Phuket: Cheow Lan Lake Overnight Resort Stay with Meals

5. From Phuket: Cheow Lan Lake Overnight Resort Stay with Meals

Stay overnight at the 500Rai Floating Resort in Cheow Lan Lake on this full-board tour with hotel pickup and drop-off in Phuket. Partake in exciting activities like kayaking, seeing the Gui Lin rock formation, and visiting the Khlong Seang Wildlife Sanctuary. Day 1 Start your adventure bright and early with pickup from your hotel in Phuket. Ridein an air-conditioned van and snap a picture at a scenic viewpoint on the way. Hop aboard a traditional longtail boat once you arrive at Cheow Lan Lake. Go for a jungle walk, try bamboo rafting, and have free time to explore Coral Cave. Get your picture taken at the famous Gui Lin rock formation. Tuck into a Thai set buffet lunch at one of the nearby raft houses. Travel to the idyllic 500Rai Floating Resort to check into your deluxe room. Take on a self-guided adventure with a kayak on the lake. Sip on coffee, tea, and fruit juice and snack on seasonal fruit as you relax by the pool in the afternoon. Visit the Khlong Seang Wildlife Sanctuary by longtail boat and have a chance on seeing different wildlife such as elephants, gibbons, and hornbills. Then return to the resort for a delicious buffet dinner. Day 2 Wake up early and have a coffee or tea before going out on another longtail boat ride. Search for colorful birds in the rainforest canopy before heading back to the resort for a hearty breakfast. Have the rest of the morning to relax by the pool, go swimming in the lake, or explore a small island with the kayak. Pack up your things to depart to the resort and have lunch at a local restaurant on the mainland. Ready your camera and phones for the Cheow Lan Lake's viewpoint. Be amazed by the vast horizon covered by the shimmering water of the lake. Return to your hotel in Phuket.

Phuket: Khao Lak Rafting, Elephants, and Turtle Center Tour

6. Phuket: Khao Lak Rafting, Elephants, and Turtle Center Tour

Visit Khao Lak, an elephant sanctuary, and a sea turtle center on this adventurous day trip from Phuket. Try bamboo rafting, elephant bathing, and Thai food during lunch at a local restaurant. Swim and relax at Lampi Waterfall. Following pickup, take off from Phuket and head north to Khao Lak, passing Sarasin Bridge and entering Phang Nga Province. Enjoy sightseeing from the car along the 1.5-hour drive. Arrive at Kiang Koo Creek for peaceful bamboo rafting downstream. Enjoy the natural surroundings along the creek, then drive to Khao Lampi-Hat Thai Mueang National Park. Stop for swimming at the Lampi Waterfall and visit the Sea Turtle Center at Tablamu Navy Base, where sea turtles are taken care of. Refuel with a Thai lunch at a local restaurant. Later, arrive at an ethical elephant camp (no riding allowed). Watch and join in the natural behavior of elephants, including bathing and feeding them. Learn more about these unique creatures while getting closer to them like never before. After another drive through Khao Lampi-Hat Thai Mueang National Park and a final swim at Lampi Waterfall, head back to Phuket for hotel drop-off.

Khao Lak: Raft Expedition & Sea Turtle Conservation Center

7. Khao Lak: Raft Expedition & Sea Turtle Conservation Center

Begin your day tour with a hotel pick-up in Khao Lak between 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM, and depart for the river. Hop on a bamboo raft and float along the waters, relax and enjoy the stunningly beautiful rainforest around you as your raft is pulled by a local boatman. Visit a sea turtle conservation center working to save and increase the number of sea turtles in the region. The Royal Thai Navy plays an active role in turtle conservation and baby turtles are brought to the center, where they are nursed for 6-8 months before being released into the sea. Finish the tour with a trip to Ton Pling Waterfall, the most popular waterfall in the area. Experience the lovely atmosphere and marvel at the amazing environment surrounding you. Swim in the small ponds at the waterfall and just enjoy the relaxing ambiance, before being dropped off back at your hotel.

Khao Sok: Private Elephant Day Care and Bamboo Rafting

8. Khao Sok: Private Elephant Day Care and Bamboo Rafting

Start your adventure bright and early with complimentary pickup from your hotel in Phuket, Khao Lak, or Khao Sok. Enjoy the sights of local life in the southern part of Thailand as you drive to your first stop, the Khao Sok Viewpoint. Once there, delight in a unique photo opportunity with panoramic views over the national park, the home of 51 species of mammals, 300 different birds, and wild orchids.  Next, visit an elephant sanctuary and meet the friendly giants. Hear about their individual stories and how they were rescued. Learn how to make a medicinal meal for the elephants from the loving elephant carer (mahout), then bathe the elephants in a fun mud spa. Lastly, feed them from your own hands while taking some exciting new photos for your Instagram. From here, head to a local restaurant to savor a delicious southern Thai set lunch. Then, set off on your next adventure along the peaceful and lush Sok River with bamboo raft paddlers. Admire stunning views of dramatic towering mountains, and maybe catch a glimpse of the various birds, reptiles, wild orchids, and monkeys that call the area home. Take a well-deserved break on the river banks and enjoy fresh coffee made from bamboo. After your adventurous day, hop back on the van and make your last quick stop at Mea Yai waterfall before transferring back to your hotel.

From Phuket: Khao Lak Highlights Full-Day Tour

9. From Phuket: Khao Lak Highlights Full-Day Tour

Venture north of Phuket to Khao Lak, known for its stretches of beach and lush jungle scenery. Explore this peaceful slice of Thai paradise on a full-day tour. The first stop is the Sarasin Bridge, one of Thailand’s most beautiful and famous bridges. It connects Phuket to the province of Phang Nga and has gained renown due to the tragic Romeo and Juliet-style story associated with it. It'll be a quick stop here to view the surrounding bay and take photos of the gazebos and elevated turrets. Then, head to the Andaman View Point, where you can admire a 360-degree view of the surrounding fields, hills, and mountains. Head to the river for the bamboo rafting activity. Board a small yet sturdy raft made out of bamboo and cruise down the river, admiring the calm waters and the abundant greenery of the area. Next, you'll make your way to the Sea Turtle Conservation Center. Located across the Khao Lak National Park in the Thai navy base, learn about the efforts the navy is going to to rehabilitate the turtles. Catch a glimpse of the numerous turtles and other endangered marine life. Take an hour to have lunch and relax near the conservation center. After lunch, head to the International Tsunami Museum and discover how the effects of the 2004 tsunami greatly affected the Khao Lak area. See the Thai navy boat that was washed ashore by a massive wave. The final destination is the Lampi Waterfall. Head over to this multi-level waterfall, walk through the rainforest trail, and even take a dip in the chilly pool before making your way back to your accommodation in Phuket.

Phuket: White Water Rafting and Jungle Adventure with Lunch

10. Phuket: White Water Rafting and Jungle Adventure with Lunch

Feel the excitement of white-water rafting in the heart of one of the most picturesque countries in the world. This 5km white water rafting tour is a great way to discover Thailand's lush jungles. Take your adventure to the next level with an ATV ride through the jungle. Each raft is led by a trained trip leader and safety is covered in a comprehensive briefing prior to the tour. You'll practice safety drills before the most intense spots, ensuring a fun and safe experience for everyone. Afterward, enjoy lunch at the camp before heading out for the next activity. Visit the unique Monkey Cave and head up to the waterfall for a refreshing swim to finish off the day.

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4.4 / 5

based on 117 reviews

The tour was just fantastic. The raft ride was wonderful and afterwards I got a very tasty and hearty meal. Bathing with the elephants was a unique experience which we would do again at any time. Our guide Nai was super friendly, explained and told a lot. Would book him again for a tour at any time.

Great trip. Everything very well organized. Wonderful places and delicious food. Impressions from meeting an elephant are fantastic. Our guide Arisa and her driver organized everything perfectly and made us a great photo report of the meeting with the elephant.

It was a great day, I enjoy every activities. The bus was not too long like some trips this day. Our guide was really kind and teach us lot of things I recommend you this trip because there are not too much tourists who go there. So it is very agreable.

Incredible experience, which was highly personal for us a couple and the guide was absolutely BRILLIANT

Was one of the best days on vacation! We can only recommend the tour to everyone :)